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Anyone Out There Looking for A “Black Job”???

July 2024

Times are tough friend and as convicted-felon and presidential nominee Donald Trump alluded to, in this economy, apparently we have to #ProtectBlackJobs.  Cue the eye rolls. 🙄

But what exactly are "Black Jobs"? #BlackTwitter had a lot to say about Black Jobs, but let's flip the script and talk about something that's truly game-changing for us – green jobs. Yeah, you heard it right. The clean economy is really where it’s at, and it's high time we claim our space in it. Let’s dive into why representation of women of color in green jobs isn’t just important; it’s essential!

 The Myth of the "Black Job"

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. The so-called "Black jobs" phenomenon was supposed to highlight how much better employment prospects were for Black folks. But, while some might boast about numbers, we know better than anyone that it’s not just about having a job – it’s about having the right job. And by "right job," we mean careers that offer stability, growth, and a chance to make a real impact. Enter: Green Jobs.

 But Why Green Jobs?

Imagine this: you're not just getting a paycheck; you're saving the planet (and our communities) while you’re at it. Green jobs are all about sustainability and renewable energy. Think solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars – basically, the future. Don’t get left off bad and boujee sis, cause the future is moving with or without you.

 Representation Matters

Here’s the tea, the green economy is booming, but women of color are severely underrepresented. And that’s a problem. Not just for us, but for the entire movement. Diversity brings in fresh perspectives, innovative solutions, and yes, even better business outcomes. We bring the flavor, the style, and the substance.

 Types of Green Jobs

So, what kinds of green jobs are out there for us? Let’s break it down:

  • Renewable Energy Technician: Work with solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy sources. You’re on the frontlines of the clean energy movement.

  • Environmental Scientist: Conduct research and work on projects to protect the environment. Your findings can help shape policy and drive sustainability efforts.

  • Sustainability Consultant: Help businesses go green by developing strategies to reduce their environmental footprint. You’re the go-to expert for eco-friendly practices.

  • Urban Planner: Design sustainable cities and communities. Think green spaces, efficient public transport, and eco-friendly buildings.

  • Green Entrepreneur: Start your own business in the green sector. From eco-friendly products to sustainable services, the possibilities are endless.

How to Get Started

  • Look for courses and certifications in renewable energy, environmental science, and sustainability. Many community colleges and online platforms offer programs that can get you started.

  • Join organizations and attend events related to the green industry. Networking can open doors to job opportunities and provide valuable connections.

  • Gain experience through internships and volunteer work. Hands-on experience is invaluable and can lead to job offers.

  • Keep up with industry trends and news. Follow green job boards, read industry publications, and stay connected on social media.

  • Seek out mentors in the green industry. Learning from those who’ve already paved the way can provide guidance and support as you navigate your career path.

Let’s Make It Happen

Don’t let them tell you that green jobs aren't for us. They are, and we’re here to prove it. The future isn’t just bright – it’s green. And it needs all the Black girl magic we can muster.

Trump might have coined the phrase "Black Jobs," but we’re redefining it on our terms. Let’s turn this trend into a movement where young Black and Brown women aren’t just participants in the green economy – we’re the leaders, the innovators, and the changemakers. Because when we rise, we bring everyone with us.


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